Scott Evans for Mayor
“Public Service, Public Safety, Integrity and Trust”
May 8, 2008 Contact: Mayor Scott Evans
For Immediate Release 609 287-3901
Mayor’s Opponents are Afraid
Atlantic City Mayor Scott Evans today released the following statement about allegations made against him by David Tayoun:
“David Tayoun desperately wants someone to listen, but he’s got nothing to say. I’ve said repeatedly that conversations I had with Mr. Tayoun about possible employment at City Hall and conversations about his political support occurred separately. There was never any offer of employment in return for support. Ever. Ever.
“Mr. Tayoun can keep trying to fool people into thinking otherwise. But all he’s accomplishing is keeping the story in the press by continuing to make unsubstantiated claims about conversations that were never linked. The press needs to ask better questions. Reporters need to do more than take the bait – like a hungry fish – that Mr. Tayoun dangles in front of them day after day after day.
“The lure of a potentially explosive political story just before an election must be strong. But the judgment of reporters must be stronger.
“The ongoing attempts to attack my character and tarnish my reputation are happening because my opponents know I will win this race. There is a concerted effort among my opponents to defeat me because I represent change – and they don’t want change.
“My opponents and their political pawns are scared. They are scared because I’m clean – I haven’t broken a federal law like Mr. Langford. I don’t owe taxpayers almost $1 million like Mr. Langford. I’m not an angry, name-calling, disgruntled worker like Mr. Cappella. I haven’t taken information from personnel and medical files of city employees like Mr. Cappella.
“These aren’t the people who should be in public office. Atlantic City deserves much better than to have City Hall controlled by the people who are spreading unsubstantiated rumors about me. Atlantic City deserves much better than to leave City Hall in control of people who are so willing to attack the character of their opponents.”